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Ballarat's beautiful Art Deco legacy
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Legend has it that Ballarat's streets were paved with gold. Not quite but close. A lot of money was poured into its architecture, however from the 1860s on.
Ballarat is also known for its significant Art Deco buildings when it reinvented itself after the Great War (1914 - 1918).
Many of these were built by wealthy citizens around Lake Wendouree, its famous regional tourist attraction which is well-worth a visit. Some of the houses in this area are the Ballarat equivalent to Melbourne's Toorak or South Yarra.
There will also be a second tour of Sturt Street and some of the adjoining streets in the area where you can see some of the more formal Art Deco buildings.
One of the most important Art Deco buildings, that is bound to come up on this tour, is the Civic Hall. Many residents have actively been involved in trying to save this beloved and significant building. You can hear the ABC broadcast on this topic here.
It has been derelict for some 12 years and the Ballarat Council wants to demolish it. Some 72% of the townsfolk want it preserved.
It is certainly a place dear to my heart as it is where I made my stage debut. I think I was as a tree in the primary school play.
So many of our iconic buildings are torn down and the loss of Civic Hall would be a major loss to this important heritage city. You might be interested in reading or signing their petition . Or in finding out more about Ballarat's beautiful Art Deco buildings by attending these walks.